iMessage on non-Apple devices? Blackberry thinks so

NewMessagesIconXIn a response to the State of the Union speech in which President Obama outlined his stance on net neutrality, the CEO of Blackberry issued a blog posting describing his support for an open and non-discriminatory internet. Along with outlining free and open internet access, part of his argument also states that companies like Apple should be required to make services like iMessage non-proprietary and allow them to work on alternative platforms. Continue reading

Security Tip: Verify open Wi-Fi hotspots before using them

SecurityIconXWhen you connect your Mac to a Wi-Fi hotspot at a cafe, library, or other public location, do you ever double-check to ensure the Wi-Fi hotspot is a legitimate one? Quite often, when you are out and about, it is not uncommon to find a number of open hotspots, that you can easily log on to surf away, and while most of these will be perfectly fine options to use, there is nothing to inform you whether or not the hotspot was set up for nefarious purposes. Continue reading

Dropbox to discontinue support for OS X 10.4 and 10.5 on May 18

DropBoxIconXIf you are a DropBox user, then be aware that on May 18th, the popular cloud-based storage solution will no longer support versions of OS X prior to OS X 10.6 “Snow Leopard.” While no personal data will be affected by this change, and will still be available via Web browsers, the Dropbox desktop client will no longer work to sync your files with Dropbox’s servers. This was recently found by a number of OS X 10.4 and 10.5 users who received the following official message from Dropbox on this issue: Continue reading

9 password manager recommendations for OS X and iOS

KeychainAccessIconXFollowing today’s release of the top 25 worst passwords used in 2014, if the passwords you use are among them, or if you are using your same password over and over for your various online services, then you might consider the use of a password manager. These options allow you to create random and unique passwords for services outside of your computer (such as those on Web sites), and then securing them all with one master password. Continue reading

Fix Smart folders not showing proper contents in OS X

FinderIconYosemiteXSmart folders in OS X allow you to group files and folders by a number of different criteria, including name, type, size, content, and hundreds of similar attributes that are stored in the files’ metadata tags. This feature can be exceptionally convenient; however, there might be times when your smart folders do not work properly, and may show incorrect files, show only a small subset of files, or not show any files at all. Continue reading

Sleep and power settings possibly behind Wi-Fi dropouts in Yosemite

WiFiIconXAlong with its perks and new features, OS X Yosemite has not been without its share of problems, with at least some of these being associated with the inability to keep your Mac connected to Wi-Fi. If this happens, there are some basic fixes from toggling Wi-Fi off and on, to fully resetting your Mac’s network configuration; however, there are times when these might not work, and your Mac will continue to drop its connection. Continue reading

How to always have a document open in a specific program in OS X

FinderIconYosemiteXWhen a program is installed in OS X, the system will scan it for various capabilities, including what document formats it can handle, and then will make the program available as an option for managing these formats and other functions. While this is commonly used for document formats, it is also used for URL links, such as those for Web pages, FTP sites, media streams, and E-mail. Continue reading